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JULY 3, 2019 | NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WAFER DAY | NATIONAL EAT YOUR BEANS DAY | NATIONAL FRIED CLAM DAY

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WAFER DAY

If you love chocolate, National Chocolate Wafer Day on July 3rd allows you to indulge in a delicately sweet cookie with a history.  Have one for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Also called sugar wafers, these delicate snacks melt in your mouth. Made since the mid-1800s in the United States, makers called the cookies many names; wafer cookies, sugar wafers, sugar biscuits, fairy wafers. While many enjoyed them as snacks, they also became favorite after-dinner treats or served during teas. Lightly flavored and layered with a creamy filling, the thin cookies delight folks of all ages. 

Numerous companies produced them in North America. Regardless of the company, each one considered the production of these cookies an art form. They took pride in everything from their ingredients to the employees and the recipe to the packaging. Over time, companies merged. By the 1930s, the number of production companies dwindled.

Today, they remain an American favorite. With a waffle surface pattern and thin layers, these cookies make an excellent addition to ice cream. Use them as an ingredient in cakes and cheesecakes. While you’re baking, use them to decorate, too. If you prefer pie, crushed wafers make a delicious chocolate crust. There are so many ways chocolate wafers can be enjoyed. If you’ve never tried them, this holiday is the time to give them a whirl.

No matter where or how you are eating your wafers, these tasty treats are positively worth celebrating!

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WAFER DAY

While you’re picking up a few to celebrate, be sure to share with a friend. Maybe play a game of Jenga with them while you snack. Build a log cabin. Remember, they are chocolate.  Dip them in your coffee or top a couple on a cupcake for someone’s birthday! Post on social media using #ChocolateWaferDay to encourage others to join in the day.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WAFER DAY

Our research was unable to identify the creator of National Chocolate Wafer Day.

NATIONAL EAT YOUR BEANS DAY

National Eat Your Beans Day is a “live healthy” holiday observed every year on July 3.  This day celebrates the bean vegetable in all sizes, shapes, and colors.  Beans (legumes) date back to the early seventh millennium BCE, making them one of the longest-cultivated plants. 

As they were seven millennia ago, today, beans are a significant source of protein. If you’re looking for complex carbohydrates, folate, fiber, and iron, eat some beans. They are excellent sources for each of those.  A very healthy choice for any meal or snack, they are also an excellent source of fiber,  low in fat and high in complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron.

  • There are approximately 40,000 bean varieties in the world.
  • Only a fraction of these varieties is mass-produced for regular consumption.
Let’s Snack!

That’s a lot of beans! How do we know which ones to choose? Snacking on chickpeas provide us with one of the best choices. Also known as garbanzo beans, these legumes pack a whopping 12.5 grams of fiber, 71 % of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of folate, 84 % RDI of Manganese and 26 % RDI of Iron per serving in 1 cup. Add chickpeas to stews like you would any bean. However, they also roast nicely with your favorite herbs and spices for a delicious and healthy snack.

Another tremendous snacking bean is the soybean. For more tips on bean varieties, visitwww.medicalnewstoday.com.

With so many choices, celebrating with beans should be a delicious success!

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL EAT YOUR BEANS DAY

Head over to our National Day Recipes page for many recipes to choose from or enjoy a fava bean dip with goat cheese and garlic dip or black bean chili recipe.  Use #NationalEatYourBeansDay to share on social media.

HISTORY OF HOW TO EAT YOUR BEANS DAY

Our research was unable to identify the creator of National Eat Your Beans Day.

NATIONAL FRIED CLAM DAY

National Fried Clam Day is observed annually on July 3rd.  Fried clams are an iconic food in the New England states.  They tend to be served at seaside clam shacks or roadside restaurants. The clams are dipped in milk and coated with a combination of regular, corn, and/or pastry flour. Then the coated clams are fried in oil. They can be “clam strips” (sliced parts of hard-shell clams) or whole soft-shell clams. Whole soft-shell clams impart a fuller flavor. However, some restaurants remove the clam’s neck.

July 3, 1916

In 1914, Lawrence Henry “Chubby” Woodman and his wife Bessie opened a small concession stand on Main Street in Essex, Massachusetts.  On weekends they sold small grocery items, homemade potato chip and fresh clams that Chubby dug himself.  At first, the business was slow but on July 3, 1916, things began to change.

It was on that day a local fisherman named Tarr was visiting the stand, and Chubby complained, “Business was slower than a couple of snails headed uphill.”

“Business was lower than a couple of snails headed uphill.” Chubby Woodman

Tarr, while nibbling on the tasty homemade potato chips, noticed a bucket of clams nearby and jokingly said, “Why don’t you fry up some of your clams? If they’re as tasty as those potato chips of yours, you’ll never have to worry about having enough customers.” Fried clams were unheard of, and Tarr’s comment was rewarded with cold stares from two other customers. “That’s ridiculous!” said one. The other one remarked, “Clams have shells.” The poor fisherman muttered, “I wasn’t serious. It was a joke. I know you can’t fry clams like chips!”

However, when the three men left, Chubby and Bessie started to think about it.  What if they did fry up some of the clams and sold them? If they tasted good, they would have created a way to increase the demand for their own shucked clams. “Let’s try it,” Bessie said as she tossed a slab of lard into the fry pot usually used to make potato chips. They shucked some clams and experimented with different batters, having some locals try them out.  When the overall verdict was “delicious!” they knew they were on to something big.

July 4, 1916

The next day, during the 4th of July parade, Chubby and Bessie presented the first fried clams to the citizens of Essex, and the Yankee appetite has never been the same since. A year later a Boston fish market advertised that it was “now equipped to serve the new tasty treat – fried clams.” And Howard Johnson, owner of a chain of restaurants on the East Coast, came himself to learn how to make fried clams from Chubby.

On the backside of their wedding certificate, Lawrence and Bessie wrote what they considered to be important family events. The first two lines were the birth dates of their two oldest sons, Wilbur and Henry. The third line was the other important birth date in the family. It read: “We fried the first fried clam—in the town of Essex, July 3, 1916.”

Now, 102 years and six generations later clams are still frying at Woodman’s, where it all began.

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL FRIED CLAM DAY

Go out for dinner with friends and have fried clams. Try your hand at making your own fried clams and share them with family and friends. Post on social media with #NationalFriedClamDay.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL FRIED CLAM DAY

Woodman’s of Essex submitted National Fried Clam Day in May 2015. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Fried Clam Day to be observed annually on July 3.

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